In a bid to mobilise students ahead of the state Assembly polls, RSS’ student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is going to hold a ‘Chhatra Hunkar Rally’ in Lucknow on November 23. One of their primary objectives for the event is to demand that political parties declare their agenda and vision regarding the improvement of education in the state. The last time ABVP held a student rally in Uttar Pradesh was in 1994 at Beghum Hazrat Mahal Park in Lucknow.
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The rally will be held at a college ground, where ABVP’s national office bearers as well as members of student unions of various universities and colleges will address an expected crowd of around 1 lakh students from across the state. Sunil Varshneya, rally in-charge, said ABVP has been conducting a “contact campaign” in every university and college across the state to invite students to the rally.
Dharmpal, ABVP organisation secretary of UP and Uttarakhand, said that every political party should declare their education policy before the elections and also elaborate on measures they plan to take to redress students’ problems and increase employment opportunities. However, he denied any connection between the ‘Chhatra Hunkar Rally’ with the elections, adding that ABVP workers will be meeting leaders of various political parties with regard to the rally.
“We are making an atmosphere in UP through creative agitation to force political parties to declare their agenda on education,” Dharmpal said.
Other demands to be discussed at the rally include availability of quality education at a low cost, regular academic sessions, student union elections in every university and college, at least 180 days of classes, filling vacant posts of teachers, free education to girls upto the intermediate level, hike in scholarships for SC/ST and OBC students, formation of women development cell and placement cells, increase in seats, 50 per cent concession to students in bus fares, development of women hostels in every district headquarters, common admission test for all universities, making computer education mandatory upto the intermediate level and also making yoga a mandatory subject in secondary education, colleges and universities. Dharmpal claimed that ABVP has already conducted a survey across the state to find out the problems of students.